Top dive sites in Mauritius

The warm waters surrounding the island of Mauritius make it an ideal year-round diving destination.

Fish in Indian Ocean

Underwater world of the Indian Ocean

Here’s a look at some of the top dive sites on the East and North West coasts of the island.

Belle Mare Plage

The dive school at Constance Belle Mare Plage caters for beginners right through to qualified divers.

Small numbers go out on the boat to the reef that’s a short distance off Belle Mare Plage, or the lagoon off Constance Le Prince Maurice.

Here, you can expect to see beautiful corals and large shoals of colourful fish. You may get a chance to see the rare stone fish, dolphins, guitar shark and turtles, as well as whales further out to sea during the winter months.

In addition to the incredible underwater creatures you’ll see, the service you get both diving and on board the boat is everything you’d expect from a 5* luxury hotel.

Ile Aux Cerfs

Scuba diver and shoal of fish

Incredible underwater world of diving

The tiny island of Ile Aux Cerfs is renowned for its sandy beaches and calm waters. The coral reef is beautiful and brimming with marine life.

You can arrange diving trips to the island either from your hotel, or once you arrive at Ile Aux Cerfs.

Grand Baie and Trou aux Biches

If you’ve already explored the East coast, and want to see more of the underwater world of Mauritius, head to the North West coast, where you’ll find some great dive sites including Whale Roc, Lost City, The Tube and Waterlilly.

Expect to see huge numbers of fish, corals, rays and sharks. There’s a wreck of a Japanese fishing boat at Stella Maru, just in front of the reef. Here, an abundance of sea life have made this their home over the last 15 years.

Share your dive experience

And if you’ve got photos from a diving experience in Mauritius, you can post them to our Constance Facebook page. We’d love to see them!

BBC Good Food Show Winter, 23-27 November 2011

Foodies are in for a treat this coming week, as the BBC Good Food Show Winter heads to the NEC Birmingham.

Culinary delights

Culinary delights

From 23-27 November, visitors to the event can immerse themselves in a world of culinary delights.

Highlights include:

  • MasterChef Experience Live
  • World Cheese Awards
  • live kitchen demos from celebrity chefs including Rick Stein, Gino D’Acampo and James Martin
  • the Great British Beer Experience
  • the Great British Bake Off

Find out more, and buy tickets, from the BBC Good Food Show Winter website.

Weekly round-up: 14-20 November 2011

This weekly feature offers a round-up of the content on our blog from the past week, in case you missed anything.

Decadent dessert from Constance Halaveli

Decadent dessert from Constance Halaveli

Split into categories, it’s another way for you to easily find the posts of value to you.

Competition

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Behind the scenes

Recipe: Tamarind compote

This delicious Mauritian tamarind sauce is the perfect accompaniment to pork and fish dishes. You can buy tamarind paste from specialist food shops and larger supermarkets.

Star anise

Star anise

Serves 4
Preparation time:
20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 600g tamarind paste
  • 300g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 dried chillies
  • 1 small stick cinnamon

1. Put the tamarind in a bowl. Add 80cl lukewarm water and crush the tamarind with your hand to remove the seeds. Sieve the tamarind with the water to extract the juice.
2. In a saucepan, mix the tamarind juice with sugar. Add fennel seeds, star anise, dried chilli and cinnamon stick. Simmer for 45 minutes on low heat, stirring often and checking that the compote doesn’t burn.
3. Remove all spices and refrigerate for up to a week.

You can purchase the Prince Maurice recipe book that contains this recipe and over 50 more from our online store.

Competition: which 3 words best describe Constance Hotels Experience?

Win your choice of an amazing bottle of wine from Art De Vignes or a bottle of one of France’s finest fragrances from Serge Lutens by entering our new competition.

Constance Moofushi Senior Water Villa

Constance Moofushi Senior Water Villa

To enter is simple, all you need to do is tell us which 3 words you’d choose to best describe Constance Hotels Experience.

You can comment below, tweet us @constancehotels or post on our Constance Facebook page saying:

The 3 words that best describe Constance are: [your 3 words ]

Be creative, be inspired… we’re looking for words that conjure up the essence that is Constance. 

Floating restaurant at Prince Maurice

Le Barachois, Prince Maurice

If your entry wins, you can choose which of the above 2 prizes you’d like – but you can only win 1 of them!

The competition closes at midnight GMT on Friday 25 November. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Remember, either post to the comments section below, or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to enter. Good luck!